Busted? Are the narcotics agents harassing you to ‘cooperate’ with them? Contact me now so I can explain why that would be a huge mistake.

 

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By: Michael J. Upton

In my 25 years as a criminal defense attorney, I have watched the drug laws in Alabama undergo many significant changes.

In some instances, the drug laws have gotten tougher, exposing citizens to more punishment.  In other instances, the drug laws have brought about the need for alternatives other than prison.

In some instances, drug cops (‘narcotics agents’) will ‘bust’ you, but not place you under arrest.  Sounds great, right?  WRONG.  This simply means they want to use you to set others up for drug arrests.  With no attorney, they will what I call ‘one more you to death’.   With every bust you make, they will tell you ‘good job…I just need one more’.  Then when a conflict arises, guess what…it’s your word against a cop’s word.  (Good luck with that!)  

<Even the statewide media knows about this problem.  Read this article from AL.com about narcotics agents using University of Alabama students that do not have an attorney:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/12/how_cops_turn_university_of_al.html

Whether you have been arrested, ‘busted’, or contacted at all by law enforcement, hire a criminal defense lawyer that has been in the local courts and before the local judges for many years, and who knows what each judge will require of you when you go to court.  Your future is at stake, and this is not the time to think ‘I can handle this myself’ or ‘I don’t want to ask my parents for money for an attorney’.  Sure, they’ll be pissed at first, but they want what’s best for your future.  It’s why they’re putting you through college at a great school!

Lawyers that make promises about getting your drug case dismissed or ‘thrown out’ by ‘suppressing the evidence’ are usually just lying to you as an incentive for you to hire them.  Make no mistake, judges are tough on drug cases, and rarely to they find that law enforcement violated your rights in the discovery of illegal drugs.  Sure, it happens from time to time, but your case is not a movie or a TV show, where attorney and client walk down the courthouse steps laughing because they just won on a ‘technicality’.

Obviously, a good and experienced attorney is going to leave no stone unturned in order to get you a good result.  But a good attorney also stays away from making promises he can’t keep.

So what would you rather have…promises that don’t work out?  Or knowing someone has been straight with you from the start, and guides and prepares you for the best possible result?

Whether its Trafficking, Sale (Distribution or Delivery) or Possession of a Controlled Sunstance, I’ve fought for good results for defendants for 25 years.  Some cases demand an aggressive approach that results in a jury trial.  Some cases demand a skilled negotiator.  A good attorney knows what is required in each case, because every case is unique and calls for a particular strategy.

Regardless of what other states have done, and your opinions about drug possession laws (marijuana in particular), Alabama law still makes possession of “controlled substances” illegal, unless you have a valid prescription, regardless of how small the amount.  People don’t realize that having a friend’s Lortab in their pocket is actually a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison!  Giving someone an Adderall is considered ‘Distribution’, punishable by up to 20 years in prison!!

Text me at 205.799.3800 for your free consultation.  I will explain the process and walk you through potential outcomes in your case.

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